Sailing has started on 26th April with a good turnout of 20 yachts for the Bute Race with excellent sailing despite light winds at times. The Opening Muster on Saturday 3rd May ended with a supper at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club at Rhu and despite very light winds everyone got a finish with a shortened course at Royal Gourock Yacht Club. It was good to see many members after the race and at the Breakfast Bar B Q on Sunday morning in the RNLI shed at Rhu for a bacon butty and Buck's Fizz. Many thanks to Clyde Challenger for helping with a raffle and prizes which raised £400 for the Rhu lifeboat, and also head chef Graham Crawford who with Clive and Flora Reeves provided, and cooked the breakfast, and proved that the smoke alarm works well in the RNLI shed!
This year the 40th Silvers Marine Scottish Series on Loch Fyne, which is the Club and Scotland's premier yachting event, starts with the Clyde Challenger Passage Race from Gourock to Tarbert on Friday 23rd May and it is an ideal opportunity for those of you who are not wanting the cut and thrust of racing to come and enjoy a sail to Tarbert. There is also a 'Round Inch' Race' on the Sunday which is a passage race and again ideal for those of you who want a sail without the worry of going round the cans on port tack. The social scene at Tarbert is good fun and why not give the long weekend a go and give your crew a treat? You will find more detail of events on the website for the Scottish Series www.scottishseries.com which you can access from this page as with all the other Club activities. The closing date for entries is rapidly approaching on Friday 16th May, so get your entry in quick to avoid the late fee!
In June there is the opportunity to round Ailsa Craig and later cross the North Channel to visit the Royal Ulster Yacht Club in Bangor where you can also meet Belfast Coastguard as long as they are not emergency working. You will find that dates in July are a bit different from previous years as we, with 'West Highland Yachting Week,' have been requested to move events earlier in July as the Commonwealth Games start with the opening ceremony at 1930 on Wednesday 23rd July in Glasgow. So the Tobermory Race starts from the Clyde on 5th July with a restart from Ardfern on Monday 7th July to take you to Tobermory. This sets you up for 'West Highland Yachting Week' now running from 12-18th July.
Maybe you will dash back to the Clyde after that as the Queen's Baton Relay is coming to Bardowie, the home of the very active Dinghy Section, on Saturday 19thJuly? The OPEN DAY at Bardowie has been changed to Saturday 7th JUNE if you would like to take a look at all the activity with the new Feva dinghies acquired for this season and see the new Access dinghies and Challengers. There will be a Commonwealth Flotilla on Friday 25th to 27th July if you want a trip right up the water to Glasgow for a change and details are on RYA Scotland website www.ryascotland.org.uk
My boat will be at Ardfern, on the West Coast, after the Scottish Series and I am looking forward to the Loch Spelve Muster on 2nd August which was a trifle challenging last year with a gale and huge seas at Easdale going north, however, once we were into Loch Spelve on Mull the sun emerged and the wind abated. So we had a fantastic muster with the most delicious mussel dishes from Inverlussa Shellfish. It was good to welcome the crews from a charter boat full of Swiss sailors and the French crew returning to Brittany after 'West Highland Yachting Week'. The musters which the CCC Cruising Committee arrange are well worth sailing to for good company, food and advice on all nautical matters – not to mention the wine! Club members received the 2014 Journal in January which showed, with great photographs and logs, how far and wide members had sailed in 2013, and the Club Yearbook and April Tidelines has now been sent out to members with printed details of all events in the Dinghy Section, Racing and Cruising Musters arranged for 2014.
Membership of Clyde Cruising Club has other benefits and I carry my 'bibles' on the boat which are the best source of information for our West Coast Waters. These CCC Sailing Directions are well presented and researched and the latest edition of 'Ardnamurchan to Cape Wrath' was launched at the London Boat Show this January. It is worth becoming a member just to get the discount when buying the Sailing Directions from the club office. I hope you have a good season in 2014 and I look forward to meeting you at one of our many events during this year.